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What is Pilates?

Exercises using a special apparatus designed to improve strength, flexibility, posture, and mental awareness.

Pilates History

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Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1883. Growing up, Pilates was a frail sickly child suffering from many childhood illnesses. His determination to overcome these ailments led him to explore ways of improving and strengthening his health and body. Accomplishing this he went on to become an advanced gymnast, skier, and diver.

During the latter part of the First World War, Pilates served as an orderly in a hospital where he worked on wounded soldiers. He attached bed springs to the hospital beds to help support the patients' limbs, equipment now known as the 'Cadillac'. In the early 1920s, Joseph emigrated to the United States and then, with his wife Clara, he developed and taught his method in his 'body-conditioning gym' in New York City.

Pilates and his wife went on to teach their method calling it 'Contrology" to other groups of teachers and students. Pilates recognized that many common health problems are brought on by bad posture, poor breathing, and a lack of movement. Joseph created The Pilates Principles to target and condition the entire body by emphasizing proper breathing, concentration, centering, control, precision, and flow. The Pilates method is now taught all over the world.

The Approach

"The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power." –J. Pilates

The Pilates Effect offers a contemporary approach to Pilates by following the STOTT PILATES® Method. STOTT PILATES® has created a modern approach to Pilates using the benefits of the original Pilates method that was taught by Joseph Pilates, along with exercises developed by a number of physical therapists/physiotherapists, sports medicine practitioners, and exercise professionals.

Natural Emphasis

"Change happens through movement and movement heals."

–J. Pilates

This unique form of exercise was developed into a comprehensive, systematic, contemporary approach with an emphasis on the natural curvature of the spine. At The Pilates Effect, we specialize in a tailored Pilates program to meet the individual needs of all clients. We provide instruction on the Reformer, Tower, Chair, and Mat along with the benefits of other small equipment and props.

Fitness Goals

"If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young." –J. Pilates

Pilates is one of the healthiest forms of exercise and an avenue to a lifetime of fitness goals and maintenance.

At The Pilates Effect, we specialize in working with athletes, those rehabilitating from injuries, and clients with back and shoulder pain, neck issues, spinal issues, shoulder instability, scoliosis issues, muscular imbalances, and more.


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